Robots we have in the Garden
We have an assortment of Robots in the Garden for members to use for learning and experimenting with robotics. Some are owned by Robot Garden, others are on loan so availability varies.
Control miniature Race cars zipping around their track.
Learn how to fly an AR.Drone quadrotor
Start flying safely with the included piloting software on a tablet. Then get an introduction to how the drone can be controlled from a computer using the Robot Operating System (ROS) and how you could write your own programs to control it.
AR.Drone tutorial video
- Be excellent to each other: these drones are a shared resource, do not do anything that you will believe might cause damage to the drone, injury to anyone or damage to other equipment.
- You must have taken the AR.Drone SBU before flying a drone.
- Drones may only be flown outside in the back courtyard below the fence line unless specifically by a Marshal or Steward.
- Those under 15 must be supervised by an adult who has also taken the SBU while flying the drone.
- Keep drones on the Robot Garden side of the warehouse.
- Use the indoor hull until you have at least 30 minutes of practice
- No flips with the outdoor hull
- Obstacle course:
- Always use the indoor hull when attempting the obstacle course
- Do not attempt the white squares until you have completed 30 minutes of flying time (two batteries worth of flight)
- Do not attempt the hula hoops until you can reliably complete the squares without hitting anything.
- Do not change altitude while inside the obstacles. Back out of the obstacle before trying again.
The double is a telepresence robot from Double Robotics. At the moment, no API exists for programming the Double. However, it is useful as a telepresence robot for accessing Robot Garden remotely and for demonstrating concepts like self balancing.
- Double support page (setup information etc.)
- LEGO Mindstorms website
- Lots of other ways to program LEGO Mindstorms exist.
Programming Robots Study Group
Robots are coming! Let’s be ready to program them 🙂
- ROS Wiki
- Installing ROS
- Robohub Tutorials
- Learn Turtlebot – especially: 11) Creating a Map; 12) Autonomous Driving; 13) Going Forward and Avoiding Obstacles with Code; 14) Going to a Specific Location on Your Map Using Code